Appetite for Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper – For the first time, Appetite for Self -Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age: : Steve Knopper: Books. Steve Knopper. · Rating details · ratings · reviews. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and.

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Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows. Beyond the war on Napster and the RIAA lawsuits, Appetite for Self-Destruction looks at the industry’s resistance to the CD format, its over-reliance on a few key artists, and incestuous management structures and attendant power plays. By the s, in his own words, he’d grown into a “wild man,” the bearded, squinty-eyed tough talker whose autobiography, Howling at the Moonbegins appetitd this fictional sentence: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

It was an outrage. The first to go down, in spectacular fashion, was over-the-top Casablanca Records. To ask other readers questions about Ny for Self-Destructionplease sign up. From disco to iTunes.

Either way, the combination of MTV and Michael Jackson was a one-two commercial punch that began the resuscitation of the record industry.

Yetnikoff once referred to Bruce Springsteen’s very serious masterpiece Nebraska as Omaha — in front of him, no less — but agreed to release it, even if it didn’t sell, to make Springsteen happy. Then there was the tricky little matter of Casablanca executives shipping hundreds of thousands of records at a time, with little regard for public demand, and being unprepared when stores returned them.


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May 29, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: These battles over DRM, distribution and piracy continue. And so did Bogart, who died in at age 38 of cancer. Though the labels persevered, they finally lost control of their product when they chose to ignore the possibilities of the Internet To win the respect of Mick Jagger at a Paris wine bar, he calculated the value-added tax in France on a cocktail napkin.

Setting the stage for Napster and its unofficial repackaging of CDs into singles again. He’d begun his career as a fifteen-year-old DJ and worked self-destructionn to program director for a planned cable-TV experiment called the Movie Channel.

Veteran artist attorney David Braun began the s by negotiating, on behalf of Michael Jackson, an unprecedented 42 percent of the wholesale price apperite each US album sold. He managed a few incomprehensible screams and his best anti-disco catchphrase from the radio borrowed from a popular Second City TV sketch knoppper the time: It’s hard to say, but what is clear is that businesses who self-desgruction to respond to changing technologies or worse, attempt to suppress technology will eventually go the way of the dodo.

If this happens to work, we will change the record industry.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Bogart surrounded the band at one showcase with inflatable elephants and various barnyard animals, and was surprised when they drew derision from the crowd. Steve Jobs, of course, laughed all the way to the bank over that one. He danced like a backwards angel, screeched and squealed, and — inexplicably — wore one white glove. Nobody wanted to wear the bellbottoms,” Duncan says.


The informal language becomes annoying especially as the books follows patterns of having long, informative chunks, then an even longer boring section, and then another entertaining passage, etc.

It also fell down for me by virtue of the almost exclusive focus on the American music business, barely commenting on the record industry in other countries not quantifying whether this is a big omission tseve of little significance. What I did enjoy, though, was how Knopper so vividly paints a portrait of the CD-era boom times.

You didn’t have to be a marketing genius in the s to Braun had been on the phone with some artist managers, and by the time he straggled into the meeting, the Siemens guy was just about finished. Pedalboard Hack Original Song: Soon that minor gold rush had faded. Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox.

Fun, reads like an extended Rolling Stone piece not surprising, given that the author writes for them. Lazily written rock journalism masquerading as historical analysis.

Account Options Sign in. Well I’ve never been a fan of the majors even when my favorite acts ended up on them eventually.